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Looks to me like he gives you some affection and some hopeful words when he's preparing for a trip, or actually on one...long distance, as it were.

Some affection, yes - but not how I want/need it. It is a bit concerning that he is nicest just before going away and while gone, isn't it? My best friend thinks it is his way of keeping me "in line" - not sure I agree with her.

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A date night is good news; I hope it happens. I don't know what to make of the "surprise." Could you read your husband's eyes and body language when he said it?

LOL ... I didn't think about how "surprise" would come across online! It was nice, there was a pleasantness about it - so, no, I'm not expecting anything like D papers. He just said that he thought I would be very pleased with him sometime over the next couple of weeks. When I asked why, he noted that he had a surprise. He's never been good at keeping surprises secret - but he's been good about this one, I have no idea what it could be. I'm guessing I'll find out when he gets back in town next Monday (still so sad he won't be home for Mothers Day <img src="/ubbt/images/graemlins/frown.gif" alt="" />).